Cemetery Superintendent: Roland Hallee
Office: City Hall, 1 Common Street, Waterville
The Pine Grove Cemetery is a 32-acre parcel located on Grove Street in Waterville and directly abuts the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.This cemetery is unique due to the rare configuration of roads within the facility.This site includes three mausoleums, one tomb and approximately 13,000 lots containing an estimated 80,000 grave sites. The oldest monuments date back to 1852.
Certain sections of the cemetery include areas known as “Potter’s Field”, which were made available to deceased persons whose families could not afford to purchase grave sites. Several prominent community members are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery including Governors William T. Haines and Clinton Clauson – who was also Mayor of Waterville in 1956-57. Over 500 veterans from various wars are buried here including the War of 1812, Revolutionary War, Korean War, World War I and II, Vietnam War, Spanish War and over 200 from the Civil War. At least one Medal of Honor winner, Frances Haskell, is interred here. Additionally, Charles Horace Nelson, the owner of Nelson 4209 (Maine’s champion trotting stallion) owned the track that became the back of the Pine Grove Cemetery. He is buried on the northerly edge of his former property.
The Pine Grove Cemetery Chapel was built in 1907 and was designed by Architect William Butterfield. On July 19, 2012, the chapel building was designated as being eligible to be listed on the National Historic Register.
In 1943, the State of Maine Legislature established a Board of Trustees to be in charge of the administration of the cemetery.Although this system worked well for many years, the long-term management required more time and resources than volunteer trustees could reasonably manage; therefore, in early 2013, the legislature acted on a bill to disband the trustee system and allow the City to takeover this function.
This site is not only beautiful, but historic in the way it tells our City’s history. I would encourage a walk through the cemetery this summer or fall…I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised at history you find.